Africa is home to a stunning variety of birds and most of our regular safari destinations support hundreds of different species. Many first time safari goers focus solely on seeing the Big Five and don’t realise what a bonus and delight the continent’s birds can be with their spectacular colours, incredible variety and sometimes incredible numbers.
On safari there will be days when the larger, more iconic animals move out of the area or become elusive, but birds are everywhere and an interest in these wonderful creatures means there will never be a dull moment on safari. And while you are quietly bird watching, those rare mammals you travelled halfway across the world to see often make a surprise appearance!
An icon is not always the biggest, the fastest, the flashiest or the most pervasive. No, it is something more than that. An icon is something that captures the spirit of a time or the essence of a place. It’s different for everyone. We compile a list of the most iconic birds in Africa.